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November 2013

Pell Bridge Run.

Exercise & Fitness, Real Life Diabetes By November 12, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 13 Comments

When my friend Liz asked me to do a race with her in November, I was more concerned about whether or not I was home to participate instead of concerning myself with the specifics of the race itself. “November 10th?  Sure, I’m home that weekend.” And then I looked at the details:  it was a a 4.2 mile race over…

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Diabetes Advocacy Postcards.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetic Mommy, Pumping Insulin, Robot Life By November 11, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 7 Comments

I told Birdy I needed to make some postcards for a diabetes project.  She wanted (insisted) to help, so we spent much of last night drawing insulin pumps on index cards. My insulin pump has been part of her life since she was born, so it’s no wonder she knows the buttons and lines by heart, even though she had…

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Global Connections in the DOC.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos By November 8, 2013 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

In October, I was in Barcelona for the 2nd European Blogger Summit put on by Animas and had the opportunity to brainstorm with several diabetes bloggers from across the pond.  (And some from waaaay across the other pond there on the far left … I’m talking to you, Australia.) This video is a compilation of some of the things we…

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What A Low Blood Sugar Feels Like.

Blood Sugars, Diabetes Advocacy By November 7, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 106 Comments

Across the board, a low blood sugar seems to be considered as anything under 70 mg/dL.  Revisiting the American Diabetes Association’s website this morning offers up a list of symptoms of low blood sugar, like: Shakiness Nervousness or anxiety Sweating, chills and clamminess Irritability or impatience Confusion, including delirium Rapid/fast heartbeat Lightheadedness or dizziness Hunger and nausea Sleepiness Blurred/impaired vision…

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Guest Post: Preparing for the Unimaginable.

Guest Diabetes Blogger, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By November 5, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 6 Comments

Today’s guest post from Laura Billetdeaux, who landed at LAX last week during the time frame of the incident at the airport.  As the parent of a son with type 1 diabetes, the day’s events had her playing through many “what ifs.”  This is her account of her experiences: Last Friday, my flight from Detroit to LAX began its final…

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Hope vs. Fear: The Video Edition.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Community, Diabetes Online Community, Diabetes Videos By November 4, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 9 Comments

A million years ago (in Internet time, I think that translates to about eleven months ago), I had the opportunity to work with the team at Novo Nordisk and a few hyper-local Rhode Island/Massachusetts diabetes advocates to create a series of videos.  Our focus was on how hope can be a more powerful motivator than fear, in terms of staying…

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Photo-A-Day: Snacks.

Diet and Food, Real Life Diabetes, Traveling By November 3, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

When we were in Montreal, a company had their marketers out on the street, handing out snacks.  We gladly accepted, hoping it wouldn’t end up being a bag filled with poisonous razorblades (of course not, because it’s Canada, eh?). “I don’t like these, Mawm,” said Birdy, deftly spitting hers back into my hand. “Me neither,” said Chris, thankfully not as…

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Photo-A-Day: Check.

Blood Sugars, Dexcom, Diabetes Online Community, Real Life Diabetes, Robot Life By November 2, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 4 Comments

Today’s Diabetes Month Photo-A-Day prompt is “check.”  And seeing how different my Dexcom result is from my meter proves why it’s still important for me to check my blood sugar instead of relying on the information from my CGM.  (Also, you can’t see the “blood drop” request for calibration because the overhead light flushed it out, but this Dexcom sensor…

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Photo-A-Day: Past.

Diabetes Advocacy, Diabetes Memories, Real Life Diabetes, Relationships By November 1, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 8 Comments

Three months after I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I went to my first sleep over birthday party.  My friend Jill was turning seven, and even though my pancreas had just gone on its permanent sabbatical, I was still able to go to the birthday party. (Thanks to my mother, who drove over and spent a few hours hanging…

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